Artists Past and Present (and hopefully future, too)

Our Writers


Stina Pederson, Four Tree Plays: Tree Counsel, Gift of the Magi, Catherine
hails from Seattle, WA, where she studied creative writing at the University of Washington. She writes poetry, short and long fiction, screenplays, and stage plays, including one of the four in 2014's Hollywood Fringe First Freak award nominee Four Tree Plays. Stina is a founding member of Ray Burley Productions and a lifelong Jane Austen fan.

Nicolas Hoover, Four Tree Plays: Seeking Still
graduated from the University of Washington School of Drama in 2004, and has recently returned to Seattle after living in New York for five years. His writing has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Fringe Magazine, and [untitled], and his short play for young actors, The Red Merit Badge of Courage, is available from Samuel French. He has received both first place and an honorable mention in the Writers' Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest and was a semifinalist in the fifth-annual Literary Upstart Competition hosted by L Magazine in Brooklyn. Nicolas was a 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow. To learn more about Nicolas and his work, please visit his website at

Jennie Fahn, Four Tree Plays: Does It Make A Sound?
wrote and performed "You Mutha! A One-Mother Show" for two years at various venues in Los Angeles as well as at the New York Fringe Festival. She was awarded a Best Screenplay award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival for her short film, "Tea With Grandma," in which she played opposite Tippi Hedren. She has also produced two short children, Harrison and Samuel, of which she is most proud.

Brendan Weinhold and Spencer Seibert, Four Tree Plays: Sophistree
met on a set as actor and scripty and one day realized they were fighting for the same kinds of things in love and politics. This is their first writing collaboration.
Brendan is the author of sketches for Two White Wines, Daily Fiber Films, The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised, and just, generally, AROUND. He wrote the web series Gentle Werewolf, which has been seen in readings at We Make Movies, and is currently in pre-production. Before moving to L.A., he taught children's theatre in Germany and Seattle, where he guided children in writing their own plays collaboratively. He is a BookPAL.
Spencer is a writer, editor, and post-production jack-of-all-trades living in San Francisco. He received a BFA in film production from Chapman University in 2009 and has worked on numerous short films, documentaries, music videos, and TV ads. He currently works for Beast Editorial, a TV commercial post house, as a motion graphic artist.

Our Actors


Dawn Alden, Up Down Stick Stuck, Four Tree Plays
holds an MFA in Acting with an emphasis on classical work and period style. She has studied physical theatre with Toby Jones of Theatre Complicite, Alexander technique and mask work with Sarah Barker, and stage combat in a wide variety of weapons with instructors from all over the world. She co-founded GREX, a movement/commedia/combat theatre troupe; The Young Company, a Shakespeare troupe; was Managing Director and an Ensemble Member of Footsteps Theatre Company, Chicago's premiere all-female classical theatre company; and founded Babes With Blades, an all-female stage combat theatre company. She is also a founding member of Broads' Word Ensemble here in Los Angeles.

Brendan Weinhold, Up Down Stick Stuck, Four Tree Plays, Gift of the Magi (2014, 2015), Catherine
works to build community with theatre and film. He's a big fan of all the things he did at theatre camp when he was a kid, and cultivates that playfulness within the companies he joins. He runs Theatre Games Night at We Make Movies and plays regularly at ComedySportz L.A. Favorite roles include D in the tales of homeless youth, Polaroid Stories; Another Me in a dance interpretation of Billy Collins' I Go Back to the House for a Book; and Dogwood/Tree/Keith/Kit in Four Tree Plays. Brendan has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington, and most of the aforementioned theatre camps happened at First Stage Milwaukee.

Kerry Nash, Up Down Stick Stuck
is an actress and improviser originally from Kissimmee, Fl. At a young age, Kerry found her love for movies while watching TMC, AMC and any other channel she could get her hands on that played classics and musicals. While growing up she did anything she could to be part of the action: theater, dance, music, anything. After college, Kerry moved to Las Vegas where she was a 'career' bartender for about 4 years, but something was missing. That thing was acting. She knew what she had to do, so she picked up and moved to Hollywood! Since moving Kerry has trained under some of the best improv teachers in LA. She currently performs as a member of the ComedySportz LA Sunday Team. She also has been seen performing at iOWest and Second City. Kerry's dream job would be acting in a show reminiscent of Parks and Rec or The Office. She can't wait for the day she calls Amy Poehler her 'BFF', like, totally.

Charlsey Miller, Gift of the Magi (2015)
is a professional silly goose, raised on a horse ranch in Kansas and trained at The Second City in Chicago. Usually singing jokes on a ukulele, she's been described as "more joyful than a basket of puppies". Her favorite shows she's appeared on have put her next to some real grumpy comedians: Brian Posehn at The Ron Funches Variety Hour, Eddie Pepitone at The Revolution, and Louie CK at Ron Lynch Presents: TOMORROW! Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is soup.

Melanie Keller, Gift of the Magi (2015)
is an actor/movement performer. Credits include The Dining Room (North End Players, Portland), TransMe (LATC), Guardians of the Fallacy at ACME Theater, directed by Donovan Scott. A long-time member of performance company Opera del Espacio, she performed in Meet Me @ Metro II and III, The Way of Water Hollywood Fringe Festival, The Wall: A Musical Misdeed (multimedia opera), Private in Public World Dance Alliance - Americas festival in Honolulu, as well as many site-specific performances at the Downtown Art Walk, The Series at the Standard and more. Additional Credits: Flat (webseries), Lefty (short film), Cain Harassment Ad (Funny or Die) and the upcoming indie film Quarter Turn directed by Kristine Namkung. She is a member of the adventure-rock band, P L a N E T S and recently co-produced two backyard-theatre productions, Coming Clean and F*ck Yule with her company, the Dirty Laundry Collective.

Bri Giger, Gift of the Magi (2015)
is an actress, writer, improviser and comedian. In 2016, you can hear her voice starring in some new cartoon shows.

Lucas James, Gift of the Magi (2015)
began his training at the New York Film Academy. After completing a summer intensive, he went on to study through a conservatory program at the widely acclaimed Atlantic Theater School. While there, he starred in a number of Off-Broadway productions. Soon after moving to Los Angeles, he booked various small roles, including a featured role on Days Of Our Lives. Most recently, he took part in the conservatory program at The Second City Hollywood. This past spring, he auditioned and was cast as part of their annual directors showcase. Within this last year, he has landed roles in a pilot and two films, both of which are in post-production.

Samuel Daniels, Gift of the Magi (2015)
writes poetry almost daily, learned a good chunk of his craft at the LACC theatre academy, and has worked at the Sierra Madre Theatre.

Allison Powell, Catherine
grew up in North Carolina where she started acting at age 9. Since moving to LA she has worked on numerous shorts and web series. She recently finished production on Wayward, a piece she co-wrote and produced. Favorite roles include Sandy in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Glauce in Flee This Place. This is her Los Angeles theater debut.

Tehana Fatima Weeks, Catherine
was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She began acting at a young age in school plays, and at the age of 11 attended Houston's Ensemble Theatre Summer Youth Program. She continued acting throughout her academic career, and after High School, attended Carnegie Mellon University where she minored in drama. After graduating, Tehana attended the Stanislavsky Summer School in association with the American Repertory Theatre and Harvard University. Upon returning to Houston, she performed locally for about a year, before moving to Los Angeles where she attended the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios. Today, Tehana is an actor in Los Angeles.

Amy Rose Schumacher, Catherine
originally hails from Seattle, WA where she earned her B.A. in drama at the University of Washington. From there she went on to receive her M.F.A. at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, UZ. After working on many theatre productions in the Seattle area she made her way to Los Angeles and is very excited to be performing in her very first Fringe Festival show. Some of her favorite roles include, Essie from You Can't Take it with You, The White Witch in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Kirsten Day, Catherine
recently moved to Los Angeles after 10 years of living and working in NYC. Credits: Something Borrowed,The Other Guys, Members Only, Just Be Yourselves, the World Premiere of Nickelodeon's Go Diego Go, Live and Dreamwork's Madagascar, Live (National Tours), and various Voice Over and Commercial spots. Also, you can hear Kirsten providing the descriptions for the blind on Nickelodeon's iCarly and the hit tv show Lazy Town! Love to Steve, Kiedis, Suge Day, and Mom.

Taylor Behrens, Catherine
grew up in Washington. The state, not the capital. He has done a flurry of musical theater and, sometimes he'll drum out the melody and experience some dramatic theater. He is also a frequent improviser who can be seen weekly as a part of the groups: Tom Waits For No Man and Borderline Entitled.

Krista Amigone, Gift of the Magi (2014)
is an actress and writer living and working in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat. A retired dancer, Krista studied Meisner Technique at the William Esper Studio, and uses what she has learned from both worlds to create vibrant characters on the page, screen and stage. Her acting can be seen most recently in Tiger Lily Road from Micheal Meideros, 95 Decibels from Lisa Reznick, and Logan's Power from Micheal Lamarra, a performance for which she won the Best Actress Award in the Hunter College Film Festival. Currently she writes and performs sketch comedy with WeMakeMovies (videos available on YouTube). She is also converting her play Anna Abock, a finalist in The Network NYC's One Act Festival 2012, into a screenplay, while earning a screenwriting certificate from UCLA's Extension program.

Whit Spurgeon, Four Tree Plays
was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in Muncie, Indiana. He received his degree in Acting from Syracuse University in 1987, including a semester in London where he worked with LAMDA. Whit spent 20 years in Chicago working in commercials and appearing in many Jeff Award-winning plays with theaters as varied as Prop Thtr, Timeline Theatre and Circle Theatre, appearing in two Rebecca Gilman world premieres at Circle, "The Glory of Living" and "The Crime of the Century." Before moving to Los Angeles, he performed for 2 years in the hit show, "Hizzoner," playing Alderman Tom Keane. After scoring various commercials for clients including Pick & Save Supermarkets, Citgo, and Verizon, he moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue commercial, film and television work. Since arriving here he has appeared on TV in "Cougartown" and "Heartbreakers," in the feature film "Chastity Bites" as Benny, and in dozens of shorts, including the award-winning "Vessel" as Murray -- recently optioned by Paramount as a feature film. He also writes, directs and produces, and his short film "The Interview" is presently making the festival rounds. His odd skills include juggling, water-skiing and bubble blowing.

Leilani Smith, Four Tree Plays
was born in Osan City, Korea. In 2007, she received her 1st degree black belt in Karate and has gone on to train in Muay Thai, Grappling, Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu. Currently training and teaching with Allen Levin of Lifebook Acting Academy. Recently off stage at ICT, Long Beach in "Flyin' West" as Fannie, shot 6 episodes of the comedy "Love Handles," and shooting the extended trailer of "JANE" which she created, co-wrote and the lead. Excited to show her love in this production, for all the trees in her life.

Our Production Team


Patrick Albanesius, Up Down Stick Stuck director
is a writer, actor and director from New Jersey who made the trek west with his lovely wife Madeline and their two cats. Favorite on-stage credits include playing Dr. Jim Tennyson in Dr. Cook's Garden, Feste in Twelfth Night and Gilligan in Gilligan's Island...of Death! Off the stage, he has enjoyed directing such productions as Proof, God of Carnage, Twelve Angry Men and Brighton Beach Memoirs. When not at the theater, Patrick is often seen writing television pilots, science fiction stories, baseball blogs or manifestos about the coming apocalypse. This is his first venture with Ray Burley Productions, and he is very happy for the opportunity.

Mirage Thrams, Gift of the Magi (2015) director

Krista Amigone, Catherine director
is an actress, writer, mom, and now director, originally from Buffalo, NY. Before recently moving to LA, Krista was fortunate to work with many wonderful people in NYC. Having produced and acted with the Collective NYC, for which she also stage managed their critically acclaimed production of Someone To Watch Over Me, she went on to form Cart Before Horse Productions, producing for the stage Trifles, Hughie, and her own one act play Anna Abock, a top ten finalist in The Network NYC's One Act Festival in 2012. She is proud to be working with Ray Burley Productions and honored to be a part of Catherine.

Angela Acuna, Catherine stage manager
is one of those rare native Angelenos. She majored in English with a concentration in Latin American Literature. She enjoys reading, film festivals, events that require a costume, all things horror and running 5ks despite lacking any athletic ability. She also spends her time volunteering; usually for animal groups and groups of leftist persuasion. Her attempts to cure her shyness lead her to improv last year, leading to a full-fledged obsession. She has studied around Los Angeles, but her favorite place remains ComedySportz. She has always loved watching theatre, but this is her first time working on a production and she is really excited about it.

Anne Mesa, Four Tree Plays associate producer, Gift of the Magi (original adaptation 2014) director, Catherine associate producer
is from Okinawa, Japan and produced over a dozen world premieres in Los Angeles, including Geeks! The Musical, Brooklyn USA, Just A Song At Twilight, and How Katrina Plays (to name a few). She joined Ray Burley Productions (RBP) for Fringe 2014 to produce Four Tree Plays at Schkapf Theatre, receiving the “Best of Fringe” Encore Award. She directed The Gift of the Magi for RBP, in December, which raised funds for 4 local charities. She continues Fringe 2015 with Catherine and Fifty Shades of Shrew. Anne is also an actress, improviser, choreographer, and director. She worked in TV & Digital Distribution for Paramount Pictures. Her passions include fire dancing, music, filmmaking and production. She supports the team's vision of making quality theatre accessible to all.

Kristen Pickrell, Catherine costumer
is an LA based Costume Designer. You can see her work on stage with several Equity theatre houses across the U.S. including 3D Theatrical in Anaheim, CA as well as a new Burlesque show in Vegas.

Tim J. Lim, Four Tree Plays director
is a director/writer based out of LA. He moved to LA from Michigan where he attended college. Born in Chicago to a Korean family, but at the age of four, his family moved to China where he spent 13 years of his life before moving back to Michigan for college. He currently resides in North Hollywood.

Robyn Guillory, Four Tree Plays stage manager
is quite the theater guru, being involved for the past few years. Her love for stage managing continues to grow with each production. Her past plays include Mad-forest, Lady Liberty and The Existents and many more. She hopes audiences enjoy the show and thanks all her family and friends who support her each and every day.

Jennifer Hinteriano, Four Tree Plays stage manager
was born 1994, and she moved from California to north Carolina and back. Finally graduating high school in 2012, she started to work in retail. After a year and a half working in customer service along with retail and meeting great people on the way, a friend invited her to join "Four Tree Plays" as a stage manager. Still growing and experiencing new things, new ideas and new adventures come along to clear up her view of the future.

Sharon Spence, Four Tree Plays costumer
has a blast designing and creating costumes for stage and screen. It's always fun for her to see how the clothes reflect the times, mores and attitudes of the characters in a play or film, and how they affect the actors and their movement. She has worked on such diverse projects as chain mail armor and nun's habits and pagan revelers in 1066 England for "Secret Sacrifice", middle America in the 40's in "Big Broadcast", and contemporary angst in the pilot for "Shrinking Violet", as well as a psychedelic version of the witch in "Hansel and Gretel say Nope to Dope" and an even wilder cast of diverse characters such as Corporal Punishment and Sergeant Fleacollar in "Pulling Rank".